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More evidence that Trump's anti-immigrant policies are based on racism, not reality

We had a pointless and destructive government shutdown over it.

Racial tensions have been raised to a rolling boil because of it.

And — oh, yeah — it would be nice if “Babies in Cages” were the title of a short-lived early-’80s punk rock band from East Sheboygan instead of our current reality.

Well — guess what? — “it” is ***searches unenthusiastically and ultimately vainly for a suitable non-profanity*** supreme ass-augering bullshit on moldering Kroger toast.

Donald Trump has been told time and time again that immigrants don’t contribute disproportionately to crime in this country. And he still doesn’t believe it, because one of his many weaknesses is an inability to grasp consensus reality when it conflicts with advice from the glitter-farting leprechauns in his Adderall hallucinations.

But there’s yet more evidence that immigrants — and in this case undocumented immigrants — are either a salutary factor when it comes to crime or no factor at all.

The New York Times:

In part because it’s hard to collect data on them, undocumented immigrants have been the subjects of few studies, including those related to crime. But the Pew Research Center recently released estimates of undocumented populations sorted by metro area, which The Marshall Project has compared with local crime rates published by the F.B.I. For the first time, there is an opportunity for a broader analysis of how unauthorized immigration might have affected crime rates since 2007.

A large majority of the areas recorded decreases in both violent and property crime between 2007 and 2016, consistent with a quarter-century decline in crime across the United States. The analysis found that crime went down at similar rates regardless of whether the undocumented population rose or fell. Areas with more unauthorized migration appeared to have larger drops in crime, although the difference was small and uncertain.

And, again, this jibes with previous studies on the effect of undocumented immigration on crime:

At the more local level, an analysis by Governing magazine reported that metropolitan areas with more undocumented residents had similar rates of violent crime, and significantly lower rates of property crime, than areas with smaller numbers of such residents in 2014. After controlling for multiple socioeconomic factors, the author of the analysis, Mike Maciag, found that for every 1 percentage point increase in an area's population that was undocumented there were 94 fewer property crimes per 100,000 residents.

So, yeah, send as many immigrants as you want to sanctuary cities, Donnie Dipshits. We’ll take ‘em. Even if that means blue states, with their diverse and vital economies, will have to subsidize red states even more in the future, it’s okay. We’ll still come out ahead.

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